Bookings in hotels pick up strongly

KATHMANDU: With the tourist season, most hotels here are booked with tourist reservations.

According to hotel entrepreneurs, bookings and reservations are nearly full for the tourist

season now.

Aside from the tourist season, the increase in the number of tourists is also due to various seminars, games and other incentive programmes launched this season, said Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents president Ram Kaji Koney.

Soaltee Crown Plaza, Radisson, Hyatt, Everest Hotel, Yak and Yeti and Shangri-La are the five star hotels in Kathmandu.

Most of the five-star hotels are located in Kathmandu and Pokhara. However, various luxury resort hotels are also sprinkled across the country.

Outstanding facilities available in various deluxe hotels of Nepal include restaurants, bars, spas, massage, fitness centres, business centres, conference facilities.

There is Internet access, room service, swimming pools, tennis courts, shopping arcades, fax service, in-room mini-bars and much more.

Each hotel offers different services so one has to inquire as to exactly what services are available. The majority of these hotels are designed according to traditional Nepalese architecture, adding to a well-rounded Nepali experience.

Meanwhile, in a press meet organised by Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), its executive chairman Sugat Ratna Kansakar informed the audience about NAC’s decision to purchase two new aircrafts with a view to Nepal Tourism Year 2011.

He said that according to NAC’s plan of purchasing six new aircrafts within five years, it will purchase one narrow body craft and a body craft in the first phase.

The narrow body A320-200 and wide body A320-200 are the selected aircrafts which will have 150 and 279 seat capacity, respectively. Airbus has proposed for A320-200 for $41.289 million and A330-200 for $92.845 million, Kansakar said adding that amongst the two aircrafts NAC will operate the A320 aiming at Nepal Tourism Year 2011 from mid-2010.